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Gender: Male Meaning of Baxter: "baker" Origin of Baxter: English occupational name

The name Baxter is a boy's name of English origin meaning "baker". Baxter and is often added to lists like Unique Boy Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

An x makes any name cooler, so that Baxter has a bit more pizzazz than the original Baker. Baxter had some currency as a first name a century ago--it was on the popularity lists sporadically from 1880 till the 1920s, peaking at Number 515 in 1886-- which means it's just about due for a comeback. And we can see Bax as a worthy follow-up to Max and Jax.

Singer Ian Dury named his now-grown son Baxter, and Dr. Baxter Stockman was a scientist in the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle" series.

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Famous People Named Baxter

Baxter Dury, English singer-songwriter
Baxter Black, American cowboy, poet, veterinarian and commentator
Baxter Hall, American soldier who drummed the first musters in the Revolution
Meredith Baxter, American actress

Pop Culture References for the name Baxter

Baxter Stockman, character in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series
Baxter McNab, main character on Canadian TV series "Baxter"
Baxter the Black Bear, mascot for the University of Maine
Baxter the Bobcat, mascot for the Arizona Diamondbacks
Baxter Basics, character in the British comic Viz
"Baxter!" 1973 British film about a family surnamed Baxter
Ted Baxter, character on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
Phyllis Baxter, lady's maid of the Countess of Grantham on "Downton Abbey"
Meredith Baxter, female character in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain

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pam Says:


I love it! And how cool is Bax?

danirose01 Says:


I seem to be in the minority here, but I think this name is super cool and jazzy (and my husband loves it too so that’s a MAJOR plus lol)

londonspys Says:


For me, it's a cat name (my evil Russian spy cat Baxter).

londonspys Says:


I was able to convince a friend that the Latin translation of "Baxter" was "son of the Antichrist."

cboothe977 Says:


Meow Mix

KC Says:


To me, this is purely a dog name. Specifically, the dog from Anchorman.

"Baxter, you know I don't speak Spanish."

autumnreverie Says:


"Female baker" is the correct meaning.